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Jolene’s Sweets for Christmas

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I’m guessing Jolene isn’t looking for any orders today or tomorrow, but here was the scene at my house last week.

More photos from the 2013 Ashland Independent Film Festival

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Q&A with the directors of “Slomo” and “Life on Four Strings”

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2013 Ashland Independent Film Festival Awards Celebration
Still from “The Other Side” being shown on background
Song E Kim (Bite of the Tail) enjoying some dinner conversation

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Jim Teece

2013 Ashland Independent Film Festival Winners

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Lucy Walker – Rogue Award Winner

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#AIFF13 Andrew Mudge – The Forgotten Kingdom (Anne Ashbey – Executive Director of Ashland Independent Film Festival)

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Historic Ashland Armory all fancied up for the Awards Celebration

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My favorite short film of the festival, Slomo (Josh Izenberg)

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Song E Kim – Bite of the Tail

Happy Easter!

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Betty Boop

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Depth of field at f/1.2

The other day I was in Medford for work. On my way I met someone via Craigslist who was selling a couple of manual Nikon lenses. Having never used a manual lens before (although I have used my AF lenses in manual mode on occasion) I was interested to try them out. Plus the price was crazy cheap so even if I didn’t like them I figured I could unload them at a profit.

Most of my lenses are largest at f/2.8. My Sigma 85mm goes to f/1.4 though. This 50mm lens that I picked up has a maximum aperture of f/1.2. It may be the only Nikon lens with an aperture so large. I had a half hour to kill so I dropped into the Medford library to try it out. The above was my first shot. What do you think?

I used it at the Stoneburner show too. My keeper rate at f/1.2 with manual focusing went down of course, but the ones that came out OK are pretty cool.

More desserts from Jolene’s Sweets

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Jolene baked up some more desserts for me to photograph a week ago. Last time I used only natural light from her dining room windows to illuminate her sweets. This time thick fog wrapped the house so natural light wasn’t an option. I used a different lens and some alternative lighting for a different look.

My new lawn mower

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We had several fawns hang out in our backyard last year, but this is the first one I have seen in 2012.

Macro pear blossoms

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Southern Oregon pears

Today’s photo of pear blossoms was taken much earlier in the month. Now the pear trees are all green and the blossoms are long gone. In a few months they will be loaded with pears. I’ll have to take another visit to this same spot then for a photo of the pears on the trees.

Ashland’s daffodils

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Pretty much the only flower you see regularly in Ashland is the daffodil. Why? It’s about the only flower the deer won’t eat.

Cherry blossom bokeh

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I purchased a new 35mm lens, and it arrived a few days ago. Today’s photo is one of my test shots I took in my front yard.

Much of the lens was paid for with an Amazon.com gift certificate that I won from Tokyo Mango so thanks Tokyo Mango!

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